The headliner cloth was the inspiration for the linen effect luxury vinyl floor tiles which was laid onto new ply sub flooring and the obligatory Rusty Lee rock and roll bed frame full width of course bolted into place on top. We enlisted the skills of Richard Booth to undertake manufacture of the cabinetry in a fetching shade of slate grey as per Katharines directions finished with Linen work tops and Devon style polished edge trim. Whilst this was in progress we turned attention to making up the trim for door cards, bed and the brand new bench seat. All of which is covered in luxurious 100% Italian leather in the “on trend” Autumn colour way adding a hint of traditional with its lavish Bently style stitch work. Our small part of this build was measured in weeks but after almost 6 years in the making this magnificent Samba will soon be heading off on its maiden shake down voyage…..yes the owner intends to drive it back to its new home in Italiy!
We were first approached by Katharine the owner of this beautiful Samba at the Volksworld show back in 2014.
She was looking to purchase her dream bus and had commissioned us to work the magic on the interior even before she found “the one”.
After procuring a suitable bus which ”only” required full restoration we heard nothing until a surprise phone call in 2018 from Katharine informing us that the restoration had been a tough journey with the Samba passing through a few restorers workshops before finally ending up with David Haywood at Haywood Classic and Custom who is responsible for the superb body work along with mechanicals to the Porsche running gear, braking and handling upgrades.
Upon arrival at our workshop we set to work removing the glass to make up and install the one off cloth headliner and the ragtop frame was taken out to have its new double duck cover fitted.